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Tag: Hong Kong

Postcards from the Last Six Months

I spent most of this afternoon sorting through the gigantic pile of postcards that I had accumulated for the past six months. I have a system for sorting–first I sort by size. This makes it easier for me to put protective plastic sleeves on them without switching between different sizes with every other one. Then I sort them again by country and file them accordingly in boxes. Below, I’ve documented some of my progress. (This is also in a Twitter thread.)

The stack:

Austria:

Australia:

Belgium:

Belarus:

Brazil:

Canada:

China:

Czech Republic:

Estonia:

Finland:

France:

Germany:

Great Britain:

Hong Kong:

Hungary:

Indonesia:

Ireland:

Israel:

Italy:

Japan:

Lithuania:

Luxembourg:

Macau:

Netherlands:

Norway:

Poland:

Portugal:

Russia:

Spain:

Switzerland:

Taiwan:

Ukraine:

USA:

Postcard #43 – Some Scholarly Work on Art

This ad card from Hong Kong is for a textbook of the same name and author. Honestly, I don’t know anything about art history. And while I find history in general interesting, art history isn’t particularly my cup of tea. I’ve watched art history documentaries, of course, but it’s more for the charisma of the presenters rather than any burning desire to learn the background of, say, the Mona Lisa.

Another note: every time I tried to Google this textbook, it managed to crash my browser. I ended up just going to Amazon to confirm that this book existed.

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Postcard #26 – Yet Another Skyline

Although I’ve been to Hong Kong several times and I find the city fascinating, I am acutely aware that I don’t exactly fit in. I don’t act like a crazy tourist, but I think it has to do with a certain sophistication that I lack. I probably should take pointers from some of my cousins who regularly go back there and blend back in with no problem.

I should mention that city views and skylines seem to be pretty popular with postcard collectors. I keep a couple typical tourist postcards of San Diego in case I get matched up with someone who only likes those kinds of cards because apparently “everything else isn’t unique”. Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is. I’m not interested in typical cityscapes because such photographs are easily Googled. And frankly, I find them boring. I’m more into the arty, unusual, and strange. And if people must send me a city view postcard, their message on the other side had better be fascinating.

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Sightseeing Around Hong Kong

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Ngong Ping Cable Car to Lantau Island

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a wishing tree (Lantau Island)

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a lucky cat in front of a souvenir shop on Lantau Island with the inscription “he who calls the wind and water” (a metaphor for fortune and business)

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one of the twelve heavenly guardians (Lantau Island)

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incense (at Tian Tan)

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the Tian Tan Buddha

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the Tian Tan Buddha, up close

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statues making offerings to the Tian Tan Buddha

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a guard dog at the temple (Tian Tan)

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this one is sleeping on the job (Tian Tan)

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a guardian at Po Lin Monastery

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Tai O, a fishing village on Lantau Island

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houses on stilts with drying fish (Tai O)

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dried fish in the market (Tai O)

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two dragons (Tai O)

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an ancient mooncake mold (Tai O)

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Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok, Kowloon

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the Taoist columbarium at Ching Chung (where I visited my maternal grandfather)

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a worker at the columbarium lighting incense

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lanterns at Wong Tai Sin Temple

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incense (Wong Tai Sin Temple)

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and more lanterns (Wong Tai Sin Temple)

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Good Wish Garden (Wong Tai Sin Temple)

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small shi or guardian lions (Wong Tai Sin Temple)

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worshippers shaking kau cim or fortune sticks in search of a spiritual answer (Wong Tai Sin Temple)

Food in Hong Kong

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lo mein with spicy sauce

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mango and pomelo juice

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pork and rice vermicelli

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papaya/mango juice and coconut/mango/aloe juice

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chicken bun, sweet crackers in the shape of fries, and spicy cheese crackers

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taro dumplings

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duck feet wrapped in bean curd

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tempura fried fish

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roast duck

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steamed fish

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celery, shrimp, and macadamia nuts

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bean curds, wood ear fungus, and glass noodles